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LookSmart Revamps FindArticles.com

Nick Wilson
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Published: 2005-03-21

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LookSmart (remember them?) have revamped FindArticles.com and added new tools and organization to around 5,000,000 articles - you can now search on a whole bunch of criteria for articles on many topics.

I can't recall what the previous version looked like, though i know my one and only visit was less than fruitful. After a few minutes playing with this one though, it looks like it could be handy...

Link: FindArticles.com

BusinessWire press release:

Web Search Gets Specific: LookSmart Re-designs FindArticles

LookSmart, an Internet search company, announced today a re-design of FindArticles (www.findarticles.com) including tools and functionality that will ease frustrations often associated with search, and improve the specificity and quality of the content returned. FindArticles is the most dynamic search engine for comprehensive free and premium content on the Web, providing the pinpointed results searchers need, not an exhaustive return of information they don't need.

To be truly productive, search results have to provide an essential return including both prominent and "hidden" (hard to find) content. FindArticles' features include the ability to search by topic, or view only "Free Articles," making it easier for Web searchers to find what they want without having to scroll through pages and pages of search results. Once searchers find what they're after, they can save the entire page with Furl -- LookSmart's personalized, online bookmarking service.

FindArticles gives searchers the ability to sort through a comprehensive collection of reliable sources that includes more than 1,000 publications. Searchers can sort results by article date, length, relevance or publication name, and can refine the relevance of their results by inserting new search terms as needed.

Other new features include "hot new articles" and "top articles ever" for each of FindArticles' neatly organized categories: Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Business & Finance, Computers & Technology, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, News & Society, Reference & Education, and Sports.

"There are different kinds of searches. You can cast a wide net and see what you catch, but we believe there's a better way," says Debby Richman, senior vice president of consumer products for LookSmart. "Why not rely on credible free and paid content you can trust? FindArticles is a real gem for anyone who wants to search for, save and share personally meaningful -- and free -- content on the Web."

After finding the best articles for their search, many users take action by saving or sharing search results. FindArticles utilizes the power of Furl, a free Web page archiving service, to round out the experience. (LookSmart acquired Furl in July 2004.) Furl members can bookmark articles, creating an individual archive that can be recalled instantly from any computer. With five gigabytes (GB) of storage, each member's virtual library holds tens of thousands of searchable items.

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Nick Wilson is the publisher and founder of Threadwatch.org.

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